Jack Inslee of Full Service Radio got a chance to interview SHAOLIN JAZZ co-founders Gerald Watson and DJ 2-Tone Jones who discuss the origins of the company and what they’ve got lined up.
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Join us this Tues Mar. 26th at Songbyrd for our next edition of CAN I KICK IT? feat Atomic Blonde starring Charlize Theron. We go from 6 – 10 pm and there’s no cover.
That night we’ll also have new SHAOLIN JAZZ merch available so stay tuned!
For more info/RSVP click here.
Our last Summer Flicks x CAN I KICK IT? screening featuring The Golden Child, despite it being cut short due to rain, was more than memorable. The story starts with this event being (or supposed to at least) a make-up for our screening of the same movie, which also got rained out on its original date!
Add to that that it rained earlier on Tues which begged the questioned, would we still be able to do it? We received a wave of inquiries via social media and email asking if we’d still be conducting the screening, especially with it being our last and The Golden Child being a favorite for a lot of people. Lo and behold, we ended up getting the green light from the DowntownDC BID and to our excitement we were greeted by over 200 eager attendees.
And in our effort to not disappoint, 2-Tone spun one of his best sets, DowntownDC BID surprised guests with free ice-cream, and everyone got a sample of the high impact Jiu Jitsu (martial arts) demonstration from Darcio Lira Jiu Jitsu. Thanks to our Jay Coleman for setting that up!
Thanks again to the DowntownDC BID for bringing us back for another run, props to Darcio Lira Jiu Jitsu for the demo, shouts to our cadre of media partners who helped spread the word about this year’s festivities, and special thanks to everyone who attended. We certainly hoped you enjoyed the events as much as we enjoyed giving them and we look forward to seeing everyone as we’re back home at Songbyrd DC for our monthly CAN I KICK IT? events. That being said, catch us there Tues. July 24th for the screening of Under Siege.
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Next Tues (5.29.18) join us for our next edition of CAN I KICK IT? featuring Shogun Assassin (props to @GZA for putting this flick on the map), at Songbyrd Music House. You can now enjoy the movie both upstairs and downstairs, 6-10 PM, and No Cover. For more info/RSVP click here.
Props to everyone who trooped through the snow to attend CAN I KICK IT? last Tues. Despite the snow, we’re fortunate to have caught the downside of the passing storm and those who came caught a classic – 13 Assassins.
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Check out our Studio Visit with SOUND PATTERNS featured artist: Ja’Mon Jackson. Check out his and the other artists work on exhibit this week at The Bowie State University Gallery of Art in their Fine and Performing Arts Center (FPAC) thru March 17th. Gallery hours: Mon and Tues: 10 – 6 pm, Wed: 9 – 7 pm, Thurs: 10 – 5 pm, Fri: 9 – 5 pm, Sat: 12 – 6 pm.
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Welcome to the third edition of WHAT’S GOOD(?) – an editorial series where we interview and profile select influencers, innovators, and cultural purveyors who’s tastes and work are akin to ours.
In our third installment of WG(?) we highlight Dan Wilkins: jazz artist, accomplished saxophonist, composer, bandleader, and educator. His influences range from Dexter Gordon to Pujyashri Deepakbhai Desai. Be sure to check back on Mon. Feb. 12th for the full drop.
Introducing our latest multimedia engagement: SHAOLIN JAZZ A/V (AUDIOVISUAL) – an audio/video journey through the worlds of hip-hop, jazz, and martial arts. DJ 2-Tone combines the art of DJing with video-mixing in an innovative multimedia experience that explores the music that has inspired the SHAOLIN JAZZ catalog in sync with moving visuals, select music videos, and clips from iconic martial arts films and vintage flicks. For booking/inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org and for visuals click Read the rest of this entry
Last week I was fortunate to get the shout about the screening of Spotify’s first documentary I’m with the banned.
Really liked how they flipped the editing to give it almost like a cinematic music video-feel.
Essentially I’m with the banned is a music initiative to empower artists and fans from different cultures to come together, and to amplify the voices of people and communities that have been silenced. The documentary focuses on a variety of issues that impact different communities today–from immigration to LGBTQ equality–through artist collaborations, performances and original content.
I’m with the banned chronicles a musical collaboration between six artists from Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Yemen and Iran; the countries incorporated in the proposed travel ban, with six American artists such as Pusha T, Dr. Lonnie Smith, BJ The Chicago Kid, and K.Flay. And since the artists from the Middle East cannot enter the U.S. they and the American have to record in Toronto.
In addition the complimentary drinks and popcorn at E Street Cinema, where the screening was held in DC, the good people at Spotify saw that it was also only fit to do an after-party (open bar) at a spot downtown featuring artists from the documentary Moh Flow and DC’s own Oddisee.
I’m with the banned will air, in it’s entirety, on VICE this month so stay tuned and for the additional info about the doc click here and to check out the full event recap click Read the rest of this entry